Wednesday :: Nov 17, 2004

Kicking A Democrat When He's Down Is Fair Republican Play

by pessimist

There are many examples of the hypocrisy in the actions of so-called 'compassionate conservatism'. You are about to see one of them.

Psychologists blast Rush Limbaugh for mocking traumatized Kerry voters
Post Election Selection Trauma is a real problem, Florida clinicians say

Mental health officials in South Florida blasted Rush Limbaugh on Monday, saying the conservative talk show host’s offer of 'free therapy' for traumatized John Kerry voters has made a mockery of a valid psychological problem.

Limbaugh read the two Boca News exclusives [Here's the only one I can locate - ed] on his nationally syndicated radio program last week. "So if anybody on the left wants some serious therapy here and counseling, I’m more than willing to offer my assistance as well," Limbaugh said on Nov. 9.

On Nov. 12, accused by American Health Association executive director Rob Gordon of picking up the story to rub it in the faces of Democrats, Limbaugh said, "Now, my friends, I didn’t do that. I reached out. I offered a hand of friendship. I offered my own counseling services."

AHA officials, listening to the taped broadcasts, described Limbaugh’s tone of voice as sarcastic.

OK Rush - we'll play this one by your rules.

For a guy who is in therapy for addiction to Oxycontin and other drugs to help his defense in a felony drug trial, this smacks of extreme hypocrisy - but then what else can we expect from He Who Is Always Right Because He Says He Is?

His being 'right' is selective. He can be on both sides of an issue depending on the date of the instance and the circumstances around it. For example, back on March 12, 1998, Limbaugh had this to say on his show:

"[Drug] interdiction doesn't work and the effort to convince people not to do it really doesn't work. It seems to me that what is missing in the drug fight is legalization. License the Cali Cartel. Make them tax payers and then sue them. Sue them left and right and then get control of the price and generate tax revenue from it. Raise the price sky high and fund all sorts of other wonderful social programs."

But back a few years before he was saying:

Limbaugh has given (loud) voice to this zealotry. In the mid-1990s, he said: "There's nothing good about drug use. And we have laws against selling drugs, pushing drugs, using drugs, importing drugs. And the laws are good because we know what happens to people in societies and neighborhoods which become consumed by them.

And so if people are violating the law by doing drugs, they ought to be accused and they ought to be convicted and they ought to be sent up."

"My behavior doesn't change right and wrong. And just because I may have been doing something that appeared to be contradictory to what I was suggesting others do doesn't mean that what I was suggesting others do is wrong."
- Rush Limbaugh, November 17, 2003

Unless your name happens to be Rush Limbaugh and you have a national wrong-wing radio spew? No. Rush is, by his own definition, a law breaker. But no one thinks seriously that he will have to pay the penalty he prescribes for others:

Is Rush Limbaugh's addiction different from other addicts?

Although Limbaugh may have been introduced to pain killers legitimately due to his post-operative pain, the reports are that he obtained large supplies of OxyContin illicitly. Therefore, his drug use was illicit in the same sense as is the use of per se illegal drugs.

Nonetheless, quite a few prominent Republicans have found themselves in this position - Cindy McCain (wife of Arizona Senator John McCain) who used an international charity she directed as a way to supply her prescription drug addiction and Jeb Bush’s daughter Noelle who likewise abused prescription drugs she obtained illegally. Neither Noelle Bush nor Cindy McCain served jail time [Though Noelle did get locked up later - ed], and it seems likely that Limbaugh will use his voluntary entry into treatment to beat prison as well.

Ironically, all three prominent Republicans involved - Jeb Bush, John McCain, and Rush Limbaugh - are ardent drug hawks who favor punishment of drug users.

Rule #1: How can Rush be wrong if Rush Is Right?
Rule #2: When there's doubt, see Rule #1!

Limbaugh isn't alone in the hypocrisy department. Byron York of the National Review Online had this to say back when Limbaugh's addiction became news:

A few weeks ago, when The National Enquirer published its expose of Limbaugh's drug use, [Al] Franken said that if the allegations were true, "I'm looking forward to the perp walk." In the days since Limbaugh admitted that he is addicted to prescription drugs, some liberal commentators have shown more self-control than Franken; as much as they dislike the conservative radio star, they don't want to be seen as kicking him when he's down.

WAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! They're picking on Rush when he's down!

But it's OK to pick on Democrats and other non-fascists who are distraught over the theft of the election of 2004 and seeking counseling.

So where are all of you 'moral value' Republicans now? Or does morality only have value if you are the ones being wronged? That must be the case, because you guys sure seem to be busy on the phones lately:

Rob Gordon, AHA executive director, said Limbaugh’s radio musings caused the charity to receive hundreds of calls and letters from gloating Republicans.

Douglas Schooler, the Boca Raton trauma specialist who treated 20 people with hypnotherapy following Kerry’s loss, said he believes many people suffering from election-related symptoms are still afraid to step forward.

"The Republicans want Kerry voters to shut up and pretend they’re not feeling anything," Schooler said.

Although Schooler said he never listens to Limbaugh, he said he has been deluged by similar phone calls and attacked on South Florida’s radio talk shows.

"Most of the calls I’m getting are from Republicans making fun of the whole thing," Schooler said. "One guy wrote me a letter saying I should tell people to vote Republican and save themselves the stress. Republicans want to minimize the whole story of election fraud and voter anger."

Schooler said he did not expect the Republican gloating to stop anytime soon.

Of course not! Rush hasn't quit gloating, and neither will his moronic Dittoheads. They are going to emulate their Hillbilly Heroin Heero and do what he do:

Psychologists blast Rush Limbaugh for mocking traumatized Kerry voters

"Rush Limbaugh has a way of back-handedly slamming people," said Sheila Cooperman, a licensed clinician with the AHA who listened Friday as Limbaugh offered to personally treat her patients. "He’s trying to ridicule the emotional state this presidential election produced in many of us here in Palm Beach County. Who is he to offer therapy? Rush Limbaugh has no clinical qualifications to counsel anyone," Cooperman said. "He’s not only minimizing PEST, but he’s bastardizing the entire psychological field and our clinical expertise."

And thus, the example set by Rush Limbaugh now makes it OK, if not almost mandatory, for Republican Dittoheads to demean and deprecate Democrats, and to diminish their pain.

After all - they are such manly men! That's why they aren't in Iraq or Afghanistan accomplishing the goals of Owwer Leedur! Better to make a phone call or send an anonymous letter than to have to haul around an M-16 and risk getting killed 'serving' stolen foreign petroleum reserves to your country.

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